By Kelly Hodgson
You do what you can to try and avoid having germs come into your house. But let's face it, with little kids at home, its pretty inevitable. So once the germs have infiltrated your front door, what can you do? Plenty! The name of the game is to try and keep the germs from spreading to anyone else and to get them out of the house completely. Frequent hand washing is a must, be here are a few other things to do.
Try some of these tips when managing germs and illness in your house. I don't know about you, but I will do whatever I can to make the illness madness stop (doesn't it seem like winter can be one long bout of runny noses and 'keep me up at night' coughs?)
1. Use plastic bags in your garbages.
And don't sort the garbages. I know, I know…composting is good and we do it faithfully every week with the exception of when one of us has a cold or flu. Sorting through snotty kleenex is a sure fire way to be attacked by germs and in some cases its just not worth it. The other option is to pick up some latex gloves and use them when sorting through the garbage cans for compostable materials.
I do have friends that have two waste baskets in each location, one for garbage and one for compostable materials but I don't have enough room in some bathrooms for this set up and I know that my kids would not always pick the right basket.
If you have plastic bags in the garbage can, you can just tie up the bag and get rid of the hazardous waste. Remember, its only a temporary thing.
2. Frequently wipe down bathrooms, switches, phones and remotes.
Equip each bathroom in your house with a roll of paper towel and some cleaner (big fans of Method over here) under the sink. Every few days or even once a day (especially in the kids bathroom!), spray and wipe down the sink, door handle and soap dispenser.
Use a cleaner (something like lysol spray or whatever cleaner you'd like) to clean remotes, phone, tablets, light switches and door knobs.
3. Hand Towels & Pillow Cases Need To Go Through The Ringer. A Lot.
There was a point during a rough cold cycle that I was changing out hand towels in the bathrooms daily! And one mama I know scraps hand towels all together and just uses paper towel in the bathrooms during terrible illnesses like a stomach virus to shut down germs and their potential to spread.
Same goes for pillow cases – we drool (germs), have stuff coming out of our noses and eyes when we're sick (germs) and cough all over those things. Change them out and wash them daily during a cold or flu.
4. The Toys Should Be Considered Sick Too.
If your child has a cold, that means their favourite stuffy, blankey or toys do too. You've got to wash any comfort item that they sleep with (I know it can be tough to wrestle those away, especially from a sick kid) and wipe down their favourite toys too.
5. One Last Tip For Mamas – Resist The Urge!
Don't share a sick child's food! How often do you finish their sandwhich if they didn't eat it all or finish a yogurt of theirs? Don't do it! Its habit, I know…and you probably don't even realize you are doing it sometimes but remember that those cute kids are germ filled when they have a cold and you need to do your best to stay healthy. Unless you've figured out a way for moms to take a sick day 🙂